Terry Rozier recalls feeling of uncertainty leading to Kyrie Irving trade
In the days and hours leading up to the Kyrie Irving trade, players and staff of the Boston Celtics had feelings of uncertainty towards their future. It included point guard Terry Rozier, who shut his phone down as the rumors were slowly turning into reality.
Speaking with Chris Forsberg of ESPN, Rozier recalled the days when the Celtics were reportedly pursuing Irving — who requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once Rozier noticed that the whispers were getting louder and louder, he turned off his phone, knowing that there’s a good chance that he’ll be included in the trade package.
“I gotta turn my phone off,” Rozier said recently with a laugh, recalling his immediate reaction to the news. “If this involves me, it involves me. I don’t even want to know about it right now.”
Eventually, however, Rozier turned back his phone again after he found out that he won’t be sent away. From a tumultuous feeling of uncertainty, Rozier’s emotions transformed into confidence. After all, he’ll be playing back up to Irving — one of the best offensive talents the NBA has ever seen.
And once they donned the same jersey together, Irving and Rozier quickly became close buddies. Rozier commended Irving for being a great leader and the humility he possesses despite everything he’s achieved in his young career:
“Kyrie is a special guy, a great leader,” Rozier said. “He makes you feel comfortable. He doesn’t act like a guy that’s been through and accomplished so much. Like, you can’t even tell because he’s so humble and he’s just a great guy to learn from.”